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Students Enrolled Prior to Fall, 2009

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Students whose first enrollment in an accredited college or university occurred in the Fall of 1990 or later must complete this general education core curriculum in order to graduate from Emporia State University.

This General Education CORE Curriculum is common to all student programs regardless of majorHowever, there are some requirements unique to specific majors and degrees; this check-off list clarifies the CORE curriculum and denotes any variations as determined by major or degree requirements.  A feature of this program is that the basic skills courses (writing, speech and mathematics) must be completed during the students first 48 hours of undergraduate credit.  One should also note the Advanced Course Options and the Prerequisites in English and Mathematics listed at the end of the document.

Students who first enrolled in a college or university in the Fall of 1996 or after, must complete at least one general education course that has been designated as multicultural intensive. Course sections designated as multicultural intensive are usually sections "M" followed by another letter; frequently they are "MC" sections. Students who have completed their general education program without a multicultural intensive section of a general education course can meet this requirement by taking a course selected from the Ethnic/Gender Studies section of the schedule of classes. This section lists both multicultural intensive sections of General Education courses and upper division courses that will meet the multicultural requirement. Either selection will fulfill the requirement.

                        GENERAL EDUCATION

                         CORE CURRICULUM

                          Specified by Major / College / School

                                       (Effective Fall, 1990)

Please read the above explanation carefully.  Students must complete the CORE general education requirements.  However, in some instances, students must complete general education requirements specific for  their degree or major as noted in the check-off list below.

BASIC SKILLS -- (12-18 CREDIT HOURS)

I.  Writing - (6 hours)

Core Requirement

___ EG 101 Composition I (3)

       [Must have a "C" or better]

___ EG 102 Composition II (3)

        [Must have a "C" or better]

II.  Speech - (3 hours)

Core Requirement

___ SP 100 Interpersonal Communications (3) ... or

___ SP 101 Public Speaking (3)

      [Nursing majors must have a “C” or better]

Business, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education

Majors

 ___ SP 101 Public Speaking (3)

[Elem & Sec Ed majors must have a"C" or better]

III. Mathematics (3-9 hours)

      Core Requirement - (3 hours)

___ MA 156 Principles of Mathematics (3) ... or

___ MA 110 College Algebra (3)

          [ Nursing majors must have a “C” or better]

Business and Information Resource Studies Majors - (3 hours)

___ MA 110 College Algebra (3)

Secondary Education Majors - (6 hours)

___ MA 110 College Algebra (3)

        [Must have a "C" or better]

___ MA 225 Math as Decision Making Tool (3)

[Must have a "C"or better]

Elementary Education Majors - (9 hours)

___MA110 College Algebra (3)

        [Must have a "C" or better]

___ MA 307 Math for Elem/Mid School Teacher I (3)

[Must have a "C"or better]

___ MA 308 Math for Elem/Mid School Teacher II (3)

[Must have a "C" or better]

CULTURAL LITERACY -- (31-49 CREDIT HOURS)

IV. Fine Arts (4-7 hours)

Core Requirement- (4 hours)

Select two of the following:

      MU 226 Music Appreciation (2)

      AR 105 Art Appreciation (2)

      TH 105 Theatre Appreciation (2)

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education (6 hours)

      MU 226 Music Appreciation (2) ... and

      AR 105 Art Appreciation (2) ... and

      TH 105 Theatre Appreciation (2)

Bachelor of Science in Education-Elementary (6 hours)

___ MU 124 Basic Music  (2) ... and

      AR 105 Art Appreciation (2) ... and

      TH 105 Theatre Appreciation (2)

All Art degrees (7 hours)

___ AR 225 Art History (3) ... and

      MU 226 Music Appreciation (2) ... and

      TH 105 Theatre Appreciation (2)

V. History (3 hours)

   Core Requirement

      HI 101 World Cultures to 1500 (3) ... or

      HI 102 Modern World Civilization (3) ... or

      HI 111 U.S. History to 1877 (3) ... or

      HI 112 U.S. History Since 1877 (3)

VI. Literature and Ideas (3-6 hours)

Core Requirement- (3 hours)

      EG 207 Literary Perspectives (3) ... or

      PI 225 Introduction to Philosophy (3)

Nursing Majors (3 hours)

      PI 225 Introduction to Philosophy (3) ... or

      PI 255 Ethics (3)

[Must have a “C” or better]

Elementary Education Majors (3 hours)

      EG 207 Literary Perspectives (3)

Bachelor of Arts (6 hours)

      EG 207 Literary Perspectives (3) ... and

      PI 225 Introduction to Philosophy (3)

VII. Social and Behavioral Science (9-12 hours)

Core Requirement- (9 hours)                      

      EC 101 Basic Economics (3) ... and choose two of

            the following:

      PO 100 Intro to Government & Politics (3)

      PY 100 Introductory Psychology (3)

      SO 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)

      JO 200  Mass Communication (3)

Information Resource Studies Majors (9 hours)

      EC 101 Basic Economics (3)...and

      PY 100 Introductory Psychology (3)...and

      SO 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)

Elementary & Secondary Education Majors (9 hours)

      EC 101 Basic Economics (3)...and

      PY 100 Introductory Psychology (3)...and

___PY 211 Developmental Psychology (3)

Nursing Majors (12 hours)

      EC 101 Basic Economics (3)...and

___PY 100 Introductory Psychology (3)

[Must have a “C” or better] ...and

___ PY 211 Developmental Psychology (3)

[Must have a “C” or better] ...and

            SO 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)

                       [Must have a “C” or better]

      Business Majors (9 hours)

___BC 103 Economics I (3) ... and choose two of the following:

      PO 100 Introduction to Government & Politics (3)

      PY 100 Introductory Psychology (3)

      SO 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)

VIII. Cultural Diversity (3-10 hours)

(Prior to 1996 this section was called "Multicultural Experience."  

These courses should not be confused with courses needed to meet the Multicultural Intensive requirement.)

  Core Requirement- (3-5 hours)

      AN 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3) ... or

      PO 330 International Relations (3) ... or

      GE 101 World Regional Geography (3) ... or

Choose one of the following:

      GR 110 German Language & Culture I (5)

      SA 110 Spanish Language & Culture I (5)

      FR 110 French Language & Culture I (5)

     AB 110 Arabic Language & Culture I (5)

     AS 110 Chinese Language & Culture I (5)

Bachelor of Arts (10 hours)

      One Foreign Language (10)

Effective Fall 2007, to meet this requirement, students will demonstrate proficiency at the 111 Language and Culture II Level. Proficiency will be demonstrated by successfully completing a Modern Language and Literatures course number 111 or above, for a minimum of three and a maximum of ten hours of language courses. International students for whom English is not their native language may meet the language requirement upon successful completion of EG 102, Composition II.

Elementary & Secondary Education Majors (3 hours)

___GE 101 World Regional Geography (3)

IX. Life Science (4-6 hours)

Core Requirement- (4 hours)

      GB 100 General Biology (3)

__ GB 101 Biology Laboratory (1)                                               

Elementary Education Majors (6 hours)

      GB 100 General Biology (3)

___ GB 303 Field and Laboratory Biology (3)

            [Must have a “C” or better]

Biology and Nursing Majors (4 hours)

___ GB 140 Principles of Biology (3)

 ___ GB 141 Principles of Biology Laboratory (1)

[Nursing majors must have a “C” or better]

X. Physical Science (5 hours)

Core Requirement

Choose one of the following:

       CH 110/111 Introduction to Chemistry/Lab (4/1)

       ES 110/111 Introduction to Earth Sci./Lab (4/1)

       PH 110/111 Introduction to Space Sci./Lab (4/1)

Elementary Education Majors

___ PS 115 Our Physical World (5)

Nursing Majors

___ CH 120/121 General Chemistry/Lab (4/1)

[Must have a “C” or better]

XI. Multicultural Intensive Course Requirement

  (one course)

>> For students whose first enrollment was Fall 1996. <<

Students who have completed their general education program without a multicultural intensive section of a general education course can meet this requirement by taking a course selected from the Ethnic/Gender Studies section of the schedule of classes. This section lists both multicultural intensive sections of general education courses and upper division courses that will meet the multicultural requirement. Either selection will fulfill the requirement.

Students may also fulfill this requirement by taking any study abroad course or by participating in a university-related study abroad experience. Before taking a course or embarking on a study abroad experience, students need to contact the Director of General Education for prior approval as well as for specific stipulations and requirements.  Students who wish to use study abroad transfer credit to fulfill this requirement must submit their requests to the Director of General Education. 

      Core Requirement

       One section of a general education course designated multicultural intensive. Sections are usually designated with an "M" followed by a "C" or other letter.

LIFE SKILLS - (5 CREDIT HOURS)

XII. Physical Education (2 hours)

Core Requirement

      PE 100 Lifetime Fitness (1) ... and

      PE Activity Course (1) ... or

      Marching Band (1)

(Students with documented disabilities may be eligible for PE 105 Adapted Physical Education (2).  Contact the Director of Disability Services). 

XIII. Applied Science (3 hours)

Core Requirement

Choose one of the following:

      BU 241 Personal Finance (3) ... or

      SO 261 Human Relationships, Intimacy and Sexuality (3) ... or

      HL 150 Critical Health Issues and Decisions in Society (3)

Nursing and Elementary Education Majors

___ HL 150 Critical Health Issues and Decisions in Society (3)

[Nursing majors must have a “C” or better]

Bachelor of Arts:

      Recommended to have an introductory course in computers

      or computer programming.

       GENERAL EDUCATION PREREQUISITES

Writing . . .

Students whose test scores indicate a need for strengthening basic writing skills are required to take EG 001, Basic Writing (3 hours) before enrolling in EG 101.

Mathematics . . .

Students whose test scores indicate a need for strengthening basic computational or algebraic skills are required to take either MA 095, Computation and Algebra Skills Development (3 hours) or MA 098, Intermediate Algebra (3 hours).

Developmental Classes - if needed . . .

       EG 001 Basic Writing

       MA 095 Computation and Algebra Skills Improvement

       MA 098 Intermediate Algebra

       EL 072 Improvement in Reading Skills

GENERAL EDUCATION

APPROVED SUBSTITUTIONS

(These substitutions apply only to students who were elementary education majors when they took the specified general education courses in fine arts, physical science, and life science, but have since changed their major.)

Fine Arts: 

Basic Music (MU 124) substitutes for Music Appreciation (MU 226). 

Physical Science:

Our Physical World (PS 115) substitutes for the five-hour physical science requirement (lecture and lab).

Life Science: 

      Field and Lab Biology (GB 303) substitutes for Biology

      Laboratory (GB 101).

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                          GENERAL EDUCATION

                        ADVANCED COURSES

Art:   AR 225 or AR 235, Art History I or II, may be substituted for

      AR 105, Art Appreciation.

Fine Arts:   TA 315, Survey of Dramatic Literature, may be

      substituted for TA 125, Theatre Appreciation.             

Literature and Ideas: GR 365, SA 365, FR 419, EG 220, EG 221, EG 230, EG 231, EG 240, EG 241, EG 350, EG 355, and EG 360 may be substituted for EG 207.

Mathematics:  Education majors may take MA 161, Calculus I, to satisfy the mathematics requirement. Grades of "C" require evaluation by the Mathematics Department. Students pursuing other majors may take either MA 160, Functions of Calculus; MA 161, Calculus I; or MA 165, Basic Calculus.

 Physical Science: Students may take either CH 123/124, Chemistry I/Lab, PH 140/141, College Physics/Lab, or PH 190/191/192, Physics I/Lab/Recitation to satisfy this requirement.

Social and Behavioral Science:   Students may take either BC 103, Economics I, or BC 104, Economics II, in place of EC 101, Basic Economics.

Writing: Students with ACT scores of 24 or above in both English and Reading may take EG 103 and EG 104, Honors Composition I and II, to satisfy the writing requirement.  (Students eligible for this course may choose EG 101, Composition I, and EG 102, Composition II, instead.)

TEST OUTS AND

CREDIT BY EXAMINATION

Information on advanced placement and certain general education courses is available at the following address:

www.emporia.edu/regist/com/crexam.html

                        GENERAL EDUCATION

                          HONORS COURSES

Students are encouraged to consider taking the following "Honors" classes as part of their general education experience.

BC   103 *Z    Economics I

BC   104 *Z    Economics II

CH  123 *Z    Chemistry I

EG   103 *Z    Honors Composition I

EG   104 *Z    Honors Composition II

EG   207 *Z    Literary Perspectives

ES    110 *Z    Introduction to Earth Science

GB  100 *Z    General Biology

GB  140 *Z    Principles of Biology

GE   101 *Z    World Regional Geography

HI    101 *Z    World Cultures to 1500

HI    111 *Z    US History to 1877

HI    112 *Z    US History Since 1877

MA 161 *Z    Calculus

PI    225 *Z    Introduction to Philosophy

PO   100 *Z    Introduction to Government & Politics

PY   100 *Z    Introductory Psychology

SP    100 *Z    Interpersonal Communication

SP    101 *Z    Public Speaking

*All honors sections are designated by a letter followed by "Z," for example MA161DZ, Calculus.

                               GENERAL EDUCATION

         MULTICULTURAL-INTENSIVE COURSES

AN   110 MC, MD, ME - Cultural Anthropology

EG   207 MA, MB - Literary Perspectives

GE   101 MA, MB, MC, MD, MZ - World Regional Geography

HI    111 MA, MB, MC, MD - U.S. History to 1877

HI    112 MA, MB, MC, MZ - U.S. History Since 1877

MU  226 MC - Music Appreciation

PI     225 MA, MB, MC - Introduction to Philosophy

SO    101 MC, MD - Introduction to Sociology

SP    100 MA, MB, MC, MD - Interpersonal Communication

*All multicultural intensive sections are designated by an “M” followed by a letter.